Duckie hopes to continue Humble Lion journey

first_imgAfter missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) championships title in the final year of his three-year deal with Humble Lion, head coach Donovan Duckie says he is still eager to lift that title and is hoping to continue his work at the Clarendon-based club.Duckie’s team won the league title for the first time in its history after ending with 61 points from 33 games, but were removed from the running for the championships crown, after losing out to Arnett Gardens in the semi-finals.It’s a reality that doesn’t sit well with the tactician, who also called for a review of the current RSPL structure, which sees the league toppers on points receiving the league title and the winners of a top-six playoff being crowned the primary champions of the competition.Speaking on his future with the club, Duckie said: “It’s up to the chairman (Mike Henry), we had a three-year deal and I have now completed my three-year contract with the club so it’s for the board to meet and make an assessment of my performance over the three seasons and they would have to decide if they want to renew my contract or we part ways.”I would definitely be happy to stay at Effortville … I think we just have to be more patient, the club is still learning how to win and if you look at other clubs – Arnett Gardens are about 30 years old in the Premier League and have four titles,” said Duckie. “Humble Lion have done well in the three years that I have been there, the community has been good to me, the players – we have a good bond and I would be very happy to stay there.”In his three years at the club, Duckie has led them to three RSPL semi-finals and of course the league title this season – this after taking control of the team, while it was in the relegation defensive recordHumble Lion, as far as the league is concerned, ended with the best defensive record having conceded a mere 21 goals and were the second best offensive unit with 44 goals scored. They also had the joint least number of losses (6) and wins (17) in the 12 – team tournament.Still, the coach is hoping to add the big prize to his trophy cabinet in the near future.”Personally for me it’s (RSPL championship) a title that has been eluding me and definitely, it’s a title that I should have on my CV … it’s important for me to win but I am still a young man,” said Duckie.”I still have a lot of life left in coaching, I know I have to be patient, I will have more opportunities to win this title so it’s definitely one that I have a personal interest in winning,” he added.Nevertheless, the coach believes that organisers should reconsider the current format of the league and offer more reward to the team that tops that table on points at the end of the season.”A league has to be about the most consistent team over eight or nine months and we were the most consistent team. We are the winners of the league so we should be given the league title and even CFU berth or even a bye to the final of the knockout competition,” said Duckie. “We should have been crowned overall champions of the league.”last_img read more

Fewer phones this Christmas

first_imgApple doesn’t need a lift from its competitors’ woes anyway, said Michael King, an analyst at Gartner Inc. technology research firm. “There’s so much hype around the iPhone that I don’t think they will be able to produce enough to meet demand, so this won’t help much,” he said. Hardest hit among manufacturers would be LG Electronics Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Motorola Inc., which is slated to introduce its Razr 2 phone later this year, analysts said. Nokia Corp., the world’s largest handset maker, would be almost unscathed. Qualcomm plans to ask a federal appeals court to block the order from taking effect in 60 days and will also ask President Bush to reverse the decision. The White House said Friday that it will defer to the U.S. Trade Representative, as it has on ITC rulings since 2005. A USTR spokeswoman, Gretchen Hamel, said the agency would study the decision. Presidents have overturned ITC decisions only five times in the past, most recently in 1987, said ITC spokeswoman Peg O’Laughlin. Investors were unfazed. Qualcomm shares rose 85 cents, or 2 percent, to $41.87 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Broadcom’s Nasdaq-traded shares slipped 4 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $30.53. Edward Snyder, an analyst at Charter Equity Research, said investors were more focused on Qualcomm’s short-term business prospects and betting the ban will eventually be blocked. He said the ruling would wreak havoc on carriers, particularly Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel. “It’s going to kill them on holiday season because they won’t get a lot of new models,” Snyder said. Qualcomm is working to develop chips that do not depend Broadcom’s patent, but it may take up to two years to find an alternative. The ruling is the latest turn in a host of legal and trade disputes between San Diego-based Qualcomm, the world’s second-largest maker of cell phone chips after Texas Instruments Inc., and Irvine-based Broadcom, a relative newcomer to the business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CTIA, the nation’s top wireless industry lobbying group, urged President George Bush to reverse the decision, which it said “will cause enormous undue harm to tens of millions of American wireless consumers.” “Consumers should not have to pay the price for a legal debate that could be settled by other means,” CTIA said. The ban affects the high-speed EV-DO and WCDMA network technologies. Carriers that stand to suffer most are Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., which rely heavily on Qualcomm chips. If upheld, the ban will apply to about 4.2 million phones encompassing 11 models this year, according to Tina Teng, an analyst at iSuppli Corp. research firm. That would represent less than 5 percent of North American phone shipments for the second half of the year, she said. The order will not affect the introduction of Apple Inc.’s iPhone June 29. AT&T Inc. has exclusive rights to carry the iPhone, and the gadget’s first version uses the carrier’s EDGE network, which is not covered by the ITC ruling. SAN DIEGO – Santa’s bag could be missing some cell phones this holiday season, if a ban holds on new models of phones with chips from Qualcomm Inc. The ban Thursday by the U.S. International Trade Commission, raises questions about how quickly phone makers and carriers will be able to get new models to consumers. Qualcomm estimates the ruling may prevent tens of millions of new-model handsets from entering the United States. The ITC ruling in a patent dispute with chipmaker Broadcom Corp., bans imports of new models of advanced phones that contain Qualcomm chips. Existing models are unaffected, but that counts for a little in a rapidly changing market. “This industry comes out with new models almost every week,” said Nancy Stark, a spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC. “Innovation will come to a trickle if future models are not allowed.” last_img read more